Wednesday, December 15th, 2010
Not only is Kansas City the home of iResQ but also the home to the headquarters of AMC Theaters, with one of their largest, if not the largest theater just a few miles north of iResQ’s offices in Olathe, KS. I had an invitation last night to attend the private screening of ‘The Fighter’ with Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams. I wanted to get a picture but we technically were not supposed to have our phones with us, although I did sneak my iPhone4 in but did not want to get kicked out so no pictures…
Anyways, the movie is based on a true-story and took place in Lowell, MA (just north of Boston) both places I have been several times. Dicky (Bale) was a boxing legend but got caught up with ‘distractions of life’ and destroyed his opportunity to win a title. Micky (Wahlberg) spent his life in the shadow of his big-brother and struggling to make a name for himself. See trailer below…
Something you might walk away from the movie thinking: Overcoming struggle, battling through obstacles, and bringing a broken family back together. Now that family unified, are all fighting for the same cause. In Micky’s case, an opportunity at a Title Shot. He assumed the responsibility he had and trained properly to make this “must see” movie with a great ending…
Me, being Mr. Over-analytical, made me think of this holiday season and how many Micky’s are out there. How many people have that desire in their heart and just need that little urge to fight just a little bit more for themselves, for their future, for their family. Your story may not make it to the ‘Big Screen’ but you can still impact a person, a group, a family. A good summary may be, “Never give up, never give up”.
With that being said there is still time to get your iPod, iPhone, iPad or Mac’s fixed for your loved ones before Christmas. Be sure to call me or one of our representatives so we can be sure you choose the right options to get it back before then. OR what I have done with several of our customers is set up the order for them to get their sons or daughters product fixed and e-mailed them a copy of their invoice so they could put it in their stocking, kind of what a gift card would be – then after Christmas they are going to send it in that way it is still a surprise! There is still time!
p.s. you should go watch this…
Monday, December 7th, 2009
Well another Krampus Night has come and gone. Seems like the good times are always over so fast. I didn’t celebrate the festivities by roaming city streets dressed like a giant Ewok and beating unsuspecting children with sticks the way they fest it up in Europe, but I was blessed with the joy of sharing the wonders of Krampusdom with an eight year old girl who candidly asked me what the opposite of Santa was. Boy was she in for a earful.
Rest easy, though, everybody. There’s always Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Life Day to boost your spirits. If you don’t know what Life Day is, see if you can’t track down a copy of the Star Wars Holiday Special from 1978. Wait, no, don’t. I just remembered it’s the worst thing that’s every been broadcast on television ever. Seriously.
On to matters promised, we’re still counting down some of the best pop culture contributions of the entire decade. If you missed last week, check out my picks for best movies and by all means, email me if you feel like adding to or debating the list. Now here’s my ten favorite albums of the decade:
10. The National, Boxer. They’re showing up on college radio stations all over the country now. If you haven’t heard them yet, do it soon. Very soon. Highlight: Start A War.
9. Ryan Adams, Love Is Hell, Parts I and II. I don’t know why these two EPs had such a hard time getting released commercially. Adams’ superior cover of Wonderwall had radio single written all over it. C’est la vie. Highlight: Shadowlands.
8. Spoon, Girls Can Tell. Man, I wish Britt Daniel would start writing songs like this again. Spoon has best appreciation for space in music of nearly any band today, and this record shows it beautifully. Highlight: The Fitted Shirt.
7. Sufjan Stevens, Greetings from Michigan, The Great Lake State. I’ll always remember the first time I hear this record in my roommate’s car and how I wanted to keep it all to myself and not let anyone else hear it. Now I’m delighted that Stevens has become a sort of Patron Saint for indie folk rock. Highlights: Romulus, Vido’s Ordination Song, For All the Widows in Paradise, For the Fatherless In Ypsilanti.
6. Radiohead, Kid A/Amnesiac. I know they’re two separate records. But not really. Anyway, the albums recorded together in the same sessions paved the way for Radiohead’s current and evolving sound. Like them or think they’re overrated, you can’t deny they changed the face of music over the last decade and a half. Highlights: Everything In It’s Right Place, Pyramid Song.
5. Beck, Sea Change. Man, what a library to choose from. But this, Beck’s most mellow of records, is the one I keep coming back to again and again. Highlights: Everything.
4. The Shins, Oh Inverted World. When James Mercer put this home-recorded album out in 2000, I unashamedly claimed it was going to be one of the best of the decade. I’m glad I didn’t have to retract that statement. Highlight: Past and Pending.
3. Death Cab For Cutie, Plans. Yes, debaters, I loved Transatlanticism and Narrow Stairs too. But this was a record that opened doors and proved that Ben Gibbard knew how to not only write songs, but compose an album. Highlights: I Will Follow You Into the Dark, Someday You Will Be Loved, Brothers On A Hotel Bed.
2. Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Jeff Tweedy and the Late Jay Bennett couldn’t get a record released. Then they did. Seems pretty boring, except for the fact that it was one of the most innovative and enjoyable records of our time. The first time I heard the opening track I couldn’t believe what I was hearing, and that it was the same band that made Summerteeth just a few years prior. Just outstanding. Highlight: I Am Trying To Break Your Heart.
1. Teddy Thompson, Separate Ways. I know. I filled the number one spot with a record with no radio singles, no heralding by the masses, and little recognition outside of fans of British folk enthusiasts. Fact is the son of Richard and Linda Thompson delivered with his sophomore release one of the most perfectly balanced pop/rock/country records I’ve ever heard. I’ve endorsed it before, but I’ll do it again. Go buy this record. Highlights: Everybody Move it, Separate Ways… and everything else.
That’s it for me everybody. Chances are by this time next week I’ll be a dad for real, so I probably won’t be posting for a bit. Enjoy your holidays and buy one of these records for the music lover in your family. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions/comments about the list, or if you need anything for your iPod, iPhone, MacBook or MacBook Pro. And keep one eye open for the Krampus.
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